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Machscreen Screen Designer / Re: "Dry Run" button
« on: June 06, 2012, 02:33:31 PM »
Well, I know there are people out there that know the answers to my questions. But since nobody has chimed in, I must not be asking my questions in a clear and concise way. My apologies, I'll try again....

How do I create a user defined button that will create an event that be used by a Brain?

I believe it is something like setDRO or something, can someone please explain the syntax and what the arguments are?

Also, I want to make it "toggle". Does anyone have suggestions about how to do that?

I have had some success with writing Brains that look at various LEDs and DROs and respond to them, but I am not clear as to how have buttons and Brains interact.

Is there a particular reference that would have more of these details?

Thanks for your help.

Machscreen Screen Designer / Re: "Dry Run" button
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:02:14 PM »
My thought is to use a Brain that sets the feedrate equal to the "Feed rate ignoring that set in F word DRO" when the "Dry Run" button is pressed.

I don't know how to make a user defined button that will toggle the feedrate back and forth. Nor do I know how to make an LED to show it toggle.

Is it possible to make user defined DROs and LEDs?

Or am I barking up the wrong tree?

Machscreen Screen Designer / Re: "Dry Run" button
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:52:02 PM »
So I answered my first question myself. It turns out, I CAN change the value by editing it on the screen. I must have not clicked on it when I thought I did when I tried it before.

So I still need to figure out how to have Mach3 use it for the feedrate....

Machscreen Screen Designer / "Dry Run" button
« on: June 04, 2012, 04:51:27 PM »
I used to run a VMC with a Fanuc 6M control. It had a switch labeled "Dry Run". It allowed running the program at a rapid feedrate no matter what feedrate was programmed. It made testing a program faster because you didn't have to wait for long slow moves. I want to add a button for this.

I found an OEM code for "Feed rate ignoring that set in F word DRO". It sounds perfect for a "Dry Run" button.

Does anyone know how to set the value of that DRO?

I cannot edit it on the screen when inserted in the screen set. It is set to 1000 by default.

How would I have Mach3 use this value once set?

I am thinking a Brain could be used, but I don't know how to override the programmed feedrate.

Machscreen Screen Designer / Re: DRO problem, etc.
« on: June 01, 2012, 12:43:27 AM »
Thanks Gerry! Somehow I got it to display the the sliders correctly. I'm not sure what I did though. ;)

Machscreen Screen Designer / Re: DRO problem, etc.
« on: May 31, 2012, 09:08:31 PM »
Okay, I figured out the "Offline" issue.... When I edited the existing DROs, I deleted the background image. Apparently there is an artifact left over (even though it says there is no image), and it is confused and uses "Offline" instead. I found that using a transparent image as the background solved the problem. It was also gone if I created a new DRO instead of editing an existing one.

I still need to solve the slider being the wrong number of pixels wide. I created new sliders, but still no joy.... :(

Machscreen Screen Designer / DRO problem, etc.
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:42:52 PM »
I am designing my own screen for my Bridgeport BOSS retrofit. To begin, I am modifying the 1024 screen that comes with Mach3. I am replacing the images and also resizing and moving the DROs, LEDs and Buttons.

A few things that I don't understand:

Everything looks great in MachScreen, but when I pull it up in Mach3, many of the DROs have a image that says "Offline".

The sliders are not the correct width. In MachScreen, they are 35 pixels wide, but in Mach3, they are 25 pixels.

Here is a partial screenshot of the offending area....

Works in progress / Re: Working on a touchscreen set...
« on: September 01, 2010, 01:02:07 PM »
Imo, the faded text on the buttons makes them harder to read.

Yes, they are. But that's kinda the point. I am attempting to have the DROs be the most prominent so that the information that is most important will jump out. So that has the other stuff have to take a back seat.

I actually don't yet know what is best. Since this is only an image and is not functional, I cannot try it out yet. I haven't designed a screen before so this is all an experiment.

I value your comments, thanks.

Works in progress / Re: Working on a touchscreen set...
« on: September 01, 2010, 11:55:50 AM »
Getting closer...

I like this a lot better. Now I'll start on other screens.

Works in progress / Re: Working on a touchscreen set...
« on: August 30, 2010, 01:41:44 AM »
I have changed the font colors and sizes to bring out the more important data. Next I'll soften the font and colors on the buttons.

Again, the colors are still flexible, I'll play with them after the buttons.

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